Whitecliffe graduate Nadine Freundlich-Rathjens has been announced as the Supreme Winner of Westfield Style Pasifika 2011. Nadine graduated from Whitecliffe in 1996 with a BFA Fashion Design major and has been working in the fashion industry since then. Over 300 entries were received with 45 garments being selected as finalists for the show. The panel of judges included Liz Mitchell of Liz Mitchell Design, Denise Le Strange-Corbet of WORLD, and Meegan Webster of Max fashions.
Westfield Style Pasifika, has been running since the early 1990s and is now widely considered to be an iconic New Zealand event as well as the world’s largest indigenous fashion event. “The awards within the event challenge designers to produce cutting edge fashion inspired by the unique and colourful fusion of Pasifika that makes New Zealand fashion distinctive.”
Nadine said: “I have called the garment Maaku anoo e hanga tooku nei whare - I shall fashion my own house (Kiingi Taawhiao) It has a wonderful essence behind it - something drilled into us at Whitecliffe; everything had to be justified. I also had this vision of Greg [Whitecliffe] in my head while accepting my award so naturally thanked all my tutors at Whitecliffe”